August 27, 2015

Veeam Sweeps the Stevie’s! Wins 3 Gold, 2 Silver International Business Awards

Posted by Peter Ruchatz

Executive leadership that supports and empowers its team to execute on initiatives is not just Veeam’s® strategy; it’s the foundation of all highly successful organizations. When I recently learned that Veeam was the recipient of five Stevie International Business Awards, (three Gold awards and two Silver awards), the news was validation that the global business community shares Veeam’s same leadership philosophy of encouraging company innovation and growth.

This forward-thinking style comes directly from the top, which is why I’d like to personally congratulate our CEO, Ratmir Timashev, for his Silver Stevie IBA for Executive of the Year — Computer Services. Ratmir’s leadership has seen Veeam’s bookings and new customers nearly double during 2014. Since the company introduced its first product in 2007, Veeam has generated more than $1 billion in revenue. Ratmir is a global CEO who travels from Asia to North America, and everywhere in between, to connect directly with customers. Although his financial growth results are phenomenal, his core belief is that every company in the world should have the capability to operate as an Always-On Business™. He makes sure that Veeam’s business, availability products and employees are always aligned with this same idea.

August 25, 2015

Veeam Management Pack v8 for System Center is GA!

Posted by Mike Resseler

We announced the Veeam® Management Pack™ (MP) v8 for System Center beta just a couple of months ago and told you about lots of improvements we made. Now, after adding some additional features and performing some intensive QC-department testing because of the always-appreciated feedback of our community, partners and end-users, we are, at last, ready to release the general availability version of MP!

Enabling strategic decisions

A good management and monitoring solution does more than just look at the environment and alert you when there are issues or potential problems. Over the years, we’ve improved MP’s capabilities with each release and supported new hypervisors and Veeam Backup & Replication™ versions. We’ve also gathered performance data from the environment to support capacity ...

August 24, 2015

Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) – Best Practices for AD Administration. Part 2

Posted by Clint Wyckoff

Introduction

In Part 1, Protecting the Active Directory Domain Services – Best Practices for AD administration, I focused on protection steps to protect your domain service locally. Unfortunately, most environments have multiple locations, otherwise known as ROBOs (Remote Office Branch Offices). Examples include remote, colocation and cloud data centers, retail stores, satellite offices, distribution centers, manufacturing plants and more. These locations are often geographically separated by many hundreds or thousands of miles, require only simple file, print and share services and are often without an IT staff. Server virtualization has drastically improved the way these services are deployed. However, remote management, operation and maintenance of these services remains a challenge for IT organizations. Most of all, IT needs to ensure ...

August 19, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup: Working with exclusions

Posted by Mike Resseler

In the Backup Modes in depth post we explained you the different modes that exist in Veeam Backup & Replication. In this post, we are going to dig a bit deeper on the File Level Backup method and explain the exclusions also.

This will be a rather short post, but it is certainly handy to know what your possibilities are.

When you go for this method, you will see different things you can protect. Let’s run through them:

When Operating System: is selected, Veeam Endpoint Backup automatically includes in the backup all data related to the OS: the system volume, personal files and the System Reserved partition. The backup will be performed on the volume level.

Personal Files are generally the user profile folders ...

August 17, 2015

Protecting the Active Directory Domain Services – Best Practices for AD administration. Part 1

Posted by Clint Wyckoff

Introduction

Every component of the Modern Data Center requires authentication of some form or fashion.  Microsoft's Active Directory Services contains information about individual objects within the forest and stores the necessary information in a relational database (ntds.dit). Domain Controllers are the heads of the infrastructure that controls access to resources through an authentication and login process. When a user attempts to access a file on the corporate domain-based file server, either. Kerberos and NTLM are authentication protocols used to verify the identity of a computer or user. To say the least, authentication is critical to the Always-On Business®.

Designing for High Availability

IT professionals and engineers take great care and perform extensive planning to carefully architect a highly available Active Directory ...

August 14, 2015

How to restore a SQL Server Database – Easily!

Posted by Rick Vanover

When we released Veeam Explorer for SQL Server last year, I was very excited about this new Explorer. It truly addresses the database restore situation with ease for virtualized SQL Server systems running as a virtual machine (VM) on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V without requiring the expertise of a SQL Server database administrator (DBA). In this blog post, I’ll focus on simply restoring a SQL Server database from a Veeam backup job.

There are three ways Veeam Explorer for SQL Server works to restore SQL Server databases: From the image-based backup restore point, from a log replay to point in time, and from a log replay to a specific transaction. In each situation, the SQL Server database is restored ...

August 12, 2015

New release: Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure, our free gift to the IT community

Posted by Mike Resseler

Veeam® recently announced the Veeam® FastSCP™ for Microsoft Azure beta at Microsoft Ignite. This new release is a standalone tool that lets you copy your files securely onsite to Microsoft Azure VMs (virtual machines) and from Microsoft Azure VMs to your on-site location.

Hybrid cloud models are becoming more and more important and will continue to be important in the coming years. Using cloud resources like Microsoft Azure VMs s, for specific use-cases will give your business additional benefits and enable you to become more competitive in your industry.

Unfortunately, these new technologies come with challenges that can’t be solved with the same methods we’ve used in past years. In our beta announcement, we described the challenge of copying files to ...

August 6, 2015

Enterprise Enhancements in v9: ROBO and Tape

Posted by Luca Dell'Oca

The upcoming Veeam Availability Suite v9, among many new and exciting features, will bring more enhancements for Enterprise environments. In these environments, two main characteristics usually arise, and require proper solutions: scalability and management of multiple remote/branch offices.

Interaction with guest OS of the protected virtual machines for proper backup and restore is a great advanced capability of our software. Being a completely agentless solution, our backup jobs deploy a temporary, runtime process into every virtual machine for which “Application Aware Image Processing” is enabled. This process is responsible for VSS processing orchestration, performing application-specific backup steps such as log truncation, and guest file system indexing.

  Before v9, all the guest interactions were performed by the backup server. For each protected ...

August 5, 2015

Technical Support for Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Posted by Mike Resseler

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE as the name implies is a free solution: you can download and install it at no cost. How about support? Usually free product comes without support at all. We like to do more, even for a free product. Here at Veeam we value customer feedback and moreover it’s one of the main motivation factors to keep making best backup solutions. Let’s make sure we are on the same page from the very beginning: free support is provided ‘at best effort’ which means there is no SLA like in regular support for our paid solutions. That does not mean all you submissions will go to nowhere: every single case is carefully reviewed or investigated by Support, Quality Assurance and ...

August 4, 2015

It is here! Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.1 with Windows 10 support!

Posted by Mike Resseler

Two weeks ago we’ve announced an upcoming Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.1 and today I am very pleased to say it is general available! Be the first to upgrade your existing setup by downloading the newly released version from our website - and be rewarded with a number of new fancy features.

Windows 10 support

Yes, you heard it! Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is the first solution that fully supports backing up and restoring computers running the newly released Windows 10 – just six days after it went live!

While some people say that installing the new version of the Operating System must always be performed from scratch; others vote for the simplicity of in-place upgrade procedure. Regardless of the way you choose, ...